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United States: Homeless Individuals

Definition: Homeless individuals are people who are not part of a family with children during their episode of homelessness. They are homeless as single adults, unaccompanied youth, or in multiple-adult or multiple-child households.

Point in Time National Estimates of Homeless Individuals by Sheltered Status
  2015 2016 2017
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All Homeless Individuals 358,422 100% 355,212 100% 369,081 100%
Sheltered Homeless Individuals 205,616 57% 198,008 56% 193,144 52%
Unsheltered Homeless Individuals 152,806 43% 157,204 44% 175,937 48%
All Homeless Individuals by Age
  2015 2016 2017
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All Ages 358,422 100% 355,212 100% 369,081 100.0%
Under 18 4,886 1% 4,113 1% 5,110 1.4%
18-24 Years 34,909 10% 33,851 10% 38,030 10.3%
25 Years and Older 318,627 89% 317,248 89% 325,941 88.3%
Percent of Homeless Individuals in Each Age Category by Sheltered Status
  2015 2016 2017
Under 18 18-24 Years 25 Years and Older Under 18 18-24 Years 25 Years and Older Under 18 18-24 Years 25 Years and Older
All Homeless Individuals 1.4% 9.7% 88.9% 1.2% 9.5% 89.3% 1.4% 10.3% 88.3%
Sheltered Individuals 1.2% 9.5% 89.3% 1.2% 9.3% 89.5% 1.2% 9.3% 89.5%
Unsheltered Individuals 1.6% 10.1% 88.3% 1.1% 9.9% 89.1% 1.6% 11.4% 87.0%
Source:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD)